This fall, join the U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP) for the monthly aphasia social hour! The free, virtual social hour is scheduled for 4 p.m. (Eastern) on the first Thursday of each month. What is the Aphasia Social Hour? It is a free, voluntary social hour for anyone in the aphasia community. We will be discussing the following themes this fall and into winter:
- SEPT 2 – Summer Sizzle Reel
What are the highlights of your summer (s0 far)? What will stand out in your mind about the past few months? Pictures are encouraged!
- OCT 7 – Falling into the Fall Season
The crisp days, falling leaves, and spicy hint of cinnamon in the air – fall is upon us! What are your favorite fun fall activities? Do you prefer apple orchards or pumpkin patches? Do you like Halloween? Share a picture of yourself in a costume!
- NOV 4 – Abounding Thanks – Show and Tell
We’re heading into the season of gratitude. What are you most thankful for? Is it different this year given the changes after the past two years? What are the best Thanksgiving foods? What are your plans for this year? Bring photos to show and tell of Thanksgivings past and to showcase what you are thankful for!
- DEC 2 – That’s a Wrap, 2021!
How will you wrap up 2021? What are some of your favorite memories from this year? What was challenging about this year? What are you looking forward to next year? Let’s put 2021 to bed and build some
How to Register
Participation is free, but registration is required to get the Zoom link. When you register, you will have the option to select which weeks to participate. Sign up for them all to make sure you don’t miss out on relating to others in the aphasia community and staying connected. Building confidence and staying social are some of the best things you can do for yourself and loved ones when aphasia is a part of your life.
What to Expect
Each social hour is typically 45-65 minutes long and includes interaction with others with aphasia as well as care partners. It’s a great way to stay social and to practice communication skills in a low-pressure setting. The social hours are free and voluntary sessions, and are not therapy or offered in place of therapy.
New to Zoom or Online Teleconferencing?
Check out our Aphasia-friendly guide to using online meeting software: UMAP’s Guide to Joining Zoom from a Computer
About the U-M Aphasia Program and UCLL
The University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) is committed to helping people of all ages find meaningful ways to communicate. UCLL is part of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) at the University of Michigan. MARI provides high-quality, individualized mental health, neuropsychological testing, and language and literacy services to the community through its service centers, including UCLL, University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF), and University Psychological Clinic.